Wednesday, August 26, 2015

New Project: Rob to Star in Claire Denis' Science Fiction Movie

ETA: Screendaily has just confirmed that Rob WILL star in the film and posted a statement from the producers about him.

Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith.

Paris-based producers Alcatraz Film confirmed the casting to ScreenDaily and said: “We are very proud and very happy, as is Claire, about what will be a great collaboration. Robert is committed to the project and we are committed to him.”

Pattinson is set to play the astronaut lead role in the as-yet-untitled film, which Screen first reported on in June.

Plot details are being kept under wraps but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’.

Denis is writing the script with acclaimed novelist Smith (White Teeth) and Smith’s writer husband Nick Laird.

The project, which marks an intriguing change of direction for the White Material and Beau Travail writer-director, is based on an original idea by Denis and her regular writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau and is due to go into production early next year.

Producers are Oliver Dungey (Miss Julie), Laurence Clerc and Olivier Thery Lapiney from Paris-based Alcatraz Films, and Claudia Steffen and Christoph Friedel of Pandora Filmproduktion in Cologne.

Alcatraz and Pandora produced Denis’ most recent feature Bastards, which debuted at Cannes in 2013.

Denis regulars Wild Bunch are handling international sales while Des Hamilton is casting the project, which is currently in advanced development and is due to shoot in studio in Cologne in late 2015/early 2016.

Collaborators on the film also include Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his Tate Modern installation The Weather Project; astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, known for his work on black holes and cosmology; and Stuart Staples of indie band Tindersticks, who previously provided music for Denis titles including White Material and 35 Rhums.

The news was first reported on French site L’Express.

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According to the site L'Express, Rob will star in Claire Denis' first science fiction film.;

Google Translate

Robert Pattinson to film with the French director Claire Denis For his first science fiction film,

French director Claire Denis has set his sights on the Twilight star, Robert Pattinson.

[Exclusive] Star of Twilight and teen idol Robert Pattinson made some surprising choices for his career. After David Cronenberg, Werner Herzog and James Gray, he just said yes to another popular Directorfrom the United States, the French Claire Denis. For an ambitious project: the first science fiction film from the director of White Material.

She is working on the screenplay with novelist Zadie Smith (White Teeth), the astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau and the artist Olafur Eliasson. The film will be shot in England and in Cologne, Germany, at the end of the year.



Anonymous said...

Love waking up and finding news of Rob in a new role, red carpet appearances and receiving an award. I knew September is special and not just for my birthday lol

Unknown said...

On the other hand, I'm going to have nice dreams, and a restful sleep... :D
I love this kind of news... ^.^

And for your birthday is already special, even if some people doesn't know about it...
Thing is IT IS SPECIAL... ^.^...

Margie said...

This is such exciting news! He's going to have the lead role, as an astronaut, in a movie written and directed by two very respected women artists. I'm happy he's so highly thought of by these talented people.

It's also interesting that the casting director for this movie was the casting director for The Childhood of a Leader and Brimstone. Rob is still at the top of their list of actors to work with, which should be the case since he has such an excellent and professional reputation.

Anonymous said...

Thanks! ♡

Unknown said...

Hugs!!... 😘

Unknown said...

omg yessss!! wow what a great year this turns out to be. and again it is a completely different role to what he has played before. he is always bold and never predictable. i love it! and i also want to say how much i love it that he is going to work with a female director!!!!

RobKrisKitchentable said...

Rob's career going from strength to strength. Showing how versatile he is with the different characters he has and continues to play. So much news lately.

blkspider.. said...

My best wishes to you Mr Pattinson...but will need to loose beard.

Anonymous said...

I love it that Rob is finding interesting projects. Yes, Marilyn, but I also noticed that the casting director for this film is the same one for COAL and Brimstone. This fact will not deter Rob's detractors from insisting that he was fired from Brimstone and that no directors want anything to do with him. This even though filming of LCOZ obviously conflicts with Brimstone which was delayed and delayed and is still currently filming.

Unknown said...

wow great news. yay.

Anonymous said...

This is such great news. Claire Denis is a very highly acclaimed director, and Zadie Smith is a wonderful writer. So happy for Rob!

Unknown said...

I am going to have to start making a list of all Rob's projects coming up and in progress. He has so much lined up and I love the thought of him playing an astronaut. Such good things coming his way.

girliegirl805 said...

This is pretty exciting stuff!